Get a Free Library Card; Use It Today

If you would like to order an ebook or an audio book while the Library is closed, please check the top item in the right sidebar of this web page Click on “Click here.” Register for a temporary card by completing the starred items on the form – your name, address, phone number, email, etc.  Don’t forget to include the red Anti-Spam code.  Click submit; you will be given your temporary barcode number.  Follow the directions to get to the next screen.  Then create a temporary pin/password.  On the next screen you will be prompted to enter a new pin and to confirm it. Then you will be forwarded to the Midhudson Online Catalog.  For now, since books and dvds cannot be put on hold, click ebooks and you will see the catalog of the electronic items (ebooks, audiobooks, videos) owned by the System.  Search for a particular item or browse to find one that you can borrow or put on hold.  Choose to read on your e-reader as a kindle book or on your computer browser.  If you have any problems or questions, email valatiefreelibrary@gmail.com.  Please leave your phone number, and you will be contacted within 24 hours by phone or email.  One further detail:  After this when you want to borrow an e-item,  click on “Overdrive Ebooks and Audio Books” under “MHLS Resources” on this page.  

Do the Census Online. It’s Fast and Easy!

Spend five to ten minutes to complete the Census online.  It really is fast and easy, and you won’t have to go out to the Post Office.
Read over the instructions in your Census invitation that has already been mailed to you.  Then go to my2020census.gov to answer the questions.  You can respond in English, Spanish or one of 13 other languages.  To see a preview of the questions before you answer them, go to 2020census.gov/en/about-questions.html 
Scroll down to “Explore the Form” and keep clicking on the word “Next” to see the 12 questions and the explanation for each.  You can view these questions in English or Spanish. 
If you prefer to answer the questions by phone or mail a paper questionaire, there are also instructions for that under “How to Respond”  at my2020census.gov

A Request to Library Patrons

If you are planning to return library items to the Valatie Free Library at this time while we are closed, we would like to request that you keep them, no matter which library they came from, until we can open again.  You will NOT receive any fines!  Thank you!

from the Director

Do you need your library card number or information about your item loans, the Census, a great new book or DVD, a computer concern?   Would you like to make a suggestion about a book or DVD or a special program for adults or kids?  Send an email to valatiefreelibrary@gmail.com which includes your phone number, and I will respond as promptly as possible.  I can access the Sierra catalog, and I will also check the Library email several times a day.

Please consult our web page for updated information, and our Facebook and Instagram pages for suggestions about fun ideas and resources for kids and adults.  Chuck, our new program coordinator, has posted some great links.

Don’t forget the Census.  Your invitation should be arriving shortly.  Read it over and know that your participation in completing it is extremely important.  More detail about that tomorrow!

Be safe and follow the CDC guidelines.  We miss you all!

A Free Movie Night

As you think of ways to occupy yourself during this crisis, consider Kanopy, a streaming service of thousands of movies.  Look for the Kanopy icon at the bottom of the right sidebar on this page.  The Columbia County Libraries with the aid of a very generous grant from the Crandell Theater  have purchased a one year subscription to Kanopy for all Columbia County libraries.  With Kanopy you can stream 10 movies a month at no cost or an unlimited number of Kids Movies and Great Courses.  Go to the Kanopy icon on this page, click on it and in seconds you can register.  Search the various categories of films.  When you make your choices, you can stream immediately.  So,  make a batch of popcorn, get the family together and have movie night at home.

NOTE:  YOU WILL NEED YOUR LIBRARY CARD NUMBER WHEN YOU REGISTER.  AFTER THAT ONLY YOUR  EMAIL AND THE PASSWORD YOU CREATE WILL BE REQUESTED.  Send an email to valatiefreelibrary@gmail.com and we will give you your card number.

VFL Closes on March 17th

To protect our patrons and Staff in this difficult time, the Valatie Free Library will be closed from Tuesday, March 17 through Tuesday, March 31.  Check this page, our Facebook and Instagram pages for information about fun things to read, watch and learn as you stay at home and do your part to slow the spread of the virus.  We look forward to seeing you as soon as possible.  Stay well! 

Suspension of Holds and Delivery Services to MHLS Libraries

Please consult the following schedule of Suspension of Holds and Delivery Services to Member Libraries:

  1. Holds will be suspended effective 3:00pm Monday, March 16, 2020 for all libraries.
  2. Existing holds will also be suspended at this time, and will be unsuspended when delivery resumes.
  3. For member libraries who have notified MHLS staff of their intent to close on or before Monday, March 16, 2020 delivery will be suspended on Monday, March 16, 2020.
  4. Delivery will be suspended for all remaining member libraries effective Thursday, March 19, 2020. The last day of regular delivery will be Wednesday, March 18, 2020.
  5. Delivery Services will be suspended until at least Tuesday, March 31, 2020 with a reassessment of these services conducted by MHLS staff, the leadership of the MHLS Directors Association and the MHLS Board of Trustees by Friday, March 27, 2020.


Please consult this page for information about the status of the Valatie Free Library as we face the current health emergency.  We  want you to be informed about decisions which will need to be made quickly.

Board of Trustees Meeting -3/16/2020

The Valatie Free Library Board of Trustees will meet on Monday, March 16, 2020 at 7 p.m. in  the Library.  The Public is welcome to attend.

Programs Cancelled

As of today, the Valatie Free Library will be cancelling all programs and public meetings scheduled for March.  Programs cancelled are  March Story Hours, Family Movie Night, Planting Herbs, The Art School of Columbia County’s  “Who We Are,” Starting a Plant and Paint and Snack.  On March 31st, we will determine the status of our April programs.  Please consult this web page for up-to-date information, and we apologize for any inconvenience.  

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